INCHEON, South Korea - The Philippine men’s team nearly pulled the rug from under world power Korea before bowing to the host country, 228-227, in the semifinal round of the men’s compound event of the 17th Asian Games here at the Gyeyang Asiad Archery Field.
Ian Chipeco, Paul Merton Dela Cruz, and Earl Benjamin Yap struggled early on, but scored 10 points (bulls-eye) in eight of their last 12 shots to stay in contention for at least a sure silver medal and an upset of the highly-favored Koreans.
But their effort fell short in the end as the trio of Choi Yonghee, Min Lihong, and Yang Youngho held their grounds to come away with the victory even with only four 10s and eight 9s in their final 12 shots.
The lost sent Chipeco, Dela Cruz, and Yap in a clash against Iran on Saturday morning in a winner-take-all match for the bronze medal.
Chipeco, Dela Cruz, and Yap defeated a team from Laos in the first round, 225-214, and beat Chinese Taipei, 229-226, in the quarterfinal round to arrange their semifinal duel with Korea.
Meanwhile, the Philippine women’s compound team of Amaya Paz-Cojuangco, Joann Tabanag, and Abbigail Tindugan lost to Chinese Taipei, 226-215, in the quarterfinals.
Dela Cruz beat Kumaar Sandeep of India, 141-135, to advance into the semifinals of the men's compound individual.